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Washburn University Mission, Vision and Core Values

Approved by the Washburn University Board of Regents 31 October 2013

Vision Statement

Washburn University is a premier public Midwest regional teaching institution recognized as a community leader in providing a superior student-centered, teaching-focused learning experience, preparing graduates for success in their chosen profession and stimulating economic vitality.

Mission Statement

Washburn University enriches the lives of students by providing opportunities for them to develop and to realize their intellectual, academic, and professional potential, leading to becoming productive and responsible citizens. We are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarly work, quality academic and professional programs, and high levels of faculty-student interaction. We develop and engage in relationships to enhance educational experiences and our community.

Core Values

In keeping with the University’s founding heritage, we commit ourselves to the following core values:

  • Integrity: acting in an honest, fair, and ethical manner, creating a culture of trust evident in all University activities and decision-making.
  • Excellence: serving our scholarly community by delivering consistently high-quality programs, teaching, service, and scholarship.
  • Inclusion: cultivating an inclusive learning, living, and working community, facilitating the success of all people, and supporting all individuals.
  • Accountability: ensuring academic, programmatic, and fiscal integrity and value through prudent management of resources entrusted to the University.
  • Respect: embracing diversity and treating others collegially with civility, openness, and professionalism in all interactions, activities, and decision-making.
  • Collaboration: working toward common goals with others in the University and the community while valuing teamwork, participation, and diversity of ideas and perspectives.
  • Innovation: encouraging, considering, and supporting development of ideas by fostering individual ingenuity and creativity and creating an environment with opportunities for growth and change.

Approved by the Washburn Board of Regents, December 7, 2018

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Washburn University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Pamela Foster, Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66621, 785.670.1509,

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